Friday, 29 April 2011

Big Congrats William and Kate

What a fantastic day. I really enjoyed watching The Royal Wedding. I was glued to the tv from 8am until at 10pm!

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Spring Time Motivation

Time for some blogging me thinks. The weather these last two weeks has been gorgeous and I know it may sound sad but I actually enjoyed putting the washing on the line for the first time this year today in the spring sunshine! Tiger and Lily enjoyed playing in the garden although, I have discovered that kittens and garden flowers dont mix as the amount of daffodils and tulips they have broken off has meant I have a vase full in the house before they've even had a chance to come out in the garden.

I couldnt wait to try out my Royal Wedding bunting - bought on Ebay for £2
Another reason to celebrate is the fact that I very nearly have my bathroom finished. This is how it looked two years ago and this...
is the new floor and boards with Tiger spending an unhealthy amount of time guarding the bath down pipe hole in floor!
And finally the decorating was finished and the new mirror was put up

and my lovely Cath Kidston curtains were made by my mum...
and here it is...almost finished but definitely usable but now that all the work has been done on the bathroom I have no excuse for not tidying the rest of the house including... tip of a bedroom!

and then I will tackle the next project...the spare bedroom, a bit of a dumping ground at the moment as you can see!
Enjoy the rest your weekend everyone and hope the sun keeps shining.

Susie X

Friday, 14 January 2011

New Year, New Start

Hello everyone.

A belated happy New Year to all of you out there is blog land. I hope you all had a good Christmas.

This is a rather image heavy post of a sort of condensed version of my family Christmas, more for my own record that anything so I hope you enjoy having a look!

Christmas 2010 was a very cold one. We had lots of snow and temperatures of minus 17 degrees C, which is cold for England! It was also quite chaotic at our place with the plumber coming in to install the central heating just a week before the festivities. My cats, Tiger and Lily pretty much destroyed my Christmas tree so the photograph you are seeing on this post is the first day that it was put up. After this it looked a sorry state. But we all had a good time, ate lots, drank lots, did the usual party games, went to see a pantomime at the theatre, visited Santa’s reindeer, walked in the snow and went sledging and built snowmen.

A game of Hungry Hippos!
My mum's table set for Christmas dinner.
Lily in her favourite place.
Big boys and little boys playing dungeons and dragons!
Christmas dinner at my mum's.
Sir Rufus!
Tiger on her way to destroying my tree!
Choosing the Christmas tree and visiting the reindeer.
Snowy Shropshire
Santa's reindeer
More sledging

I cant wait to get out in my garden again. Due to the exceptionally cold weather, I have lost a lot of plants this winter. My olive tree has finally had it after surviving more than ten winters outside and the bay trees and rosemary are black. I think even if I cut them back they probably wont come again. Even though it is sad that I have lost so many plants, I am looking forward to re-planning my garden and having a rethink about what to plant in the spring.

Happy New Year!
Susie X

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Medieval Fayre

Hello everyone. Okay, so I know I haven't been around blog land for a while but now I am feeling inspired to get started again.

Thank you to everyone who has left messages and emails to see how I was. It was very thoughtful of you all. I have been kind of lurking for a while so thought it was about time I started posting again. I have missed all my bloggy friends out there so it will be nice to get in touch again.

On Sunday we decided to brave the freezing temperatures and drive down to Ludlow in South Shropshire for their medieval Christmas fayre.

There were lots of medieval type things to try including archery!

Plenty of arrows available for those who are not so good at hitting the target.

All the stall holders and people involved with the fayre dress up. These knights at the gate to the castle were pretty impressive.

There are a lot of nice food shops in Ludlow and this one is very typical with its produce on show outside the windows.

This autumn has apparently been what's called a 'mast' year. There has been an unbelievable amount of fruit and nuts in the hedgerows. This is a good thing for the wildlife with all the cold weather we are having now as we dont usually get snow as early as November. The holly tree in my garden looks very festive with its dusting of snow.

That's all for now. I'm off to try and do some catching up and have a look at what everyone else has been up to!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

A Taste of Somerset

The weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse since I returned from my break in Somerset. After being starved of rain for two months, the garden is now looking a bit on the soggy side! My flowers are suffering. The good thing is we had lots of sunshine in Somerset. There were so many places I wanted to see that we had to limit ourselves in the time we had. Here’s just a taster of some of things we did.

First stop was Glastonbury, no not the festival, the town! I think every single shop in Glastonbury is a spiritual, hippy trippy type place. That’s fine if you are out of fairy dust or joss sticks but where the heck do people in this town buy their groceries!! It is a very pretty town with its Abbey and we had a nice lunch in a cafe called Hundred Monkeys We also stopped off at the tor just outside the town and climbed to the top.

The views from the top were worth the climb!

Wells was next on the list. It has an amazing cathedral. All I could think about when looking around this cathedral was the baby eating bishop of Bath and Wells from the Black Adder series!

The cloisters in Wells Cathedral.

This is where all the priests used to live and not surprisingly it is called Vicars' Close!!

Next stop, Bath. It is a town I have always wanted to visit and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The Roman Baths are really interesting to look around and we had a look around No 1 The Crescent which is now a museum.

Roman Baths

With all that sightseeing it was nice to chill out on the beach in the evening.

Finally, here’s some mischief makers, Tiger and Lily, my new kittens. We’ve had them two weeks now and they settled in almost immediately. They are into and onto everything! There’s not an ornament left in sight!

As you can see, I have a problem with blogging now as they think it is great fun to sit on my laptop!

Enjoy your weekend.